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Four charged with murder in Basildon have trial date set

Darren Kelly was stabbed to death in Basildon on 20 October 2015. Credit: Essex Police

Four people charged with stabbing a man to death in Essex last week have been remanded in custody.

Lorry driver Darren Kelly died after being attacked on a street in Basildon on Tuesday night.

A girl, aged 15, from Pitsea, a boy, aged 17, from Pitsea, a boy, aged 16, from Basildon, and Chris Carroll, 20, of Pevensey Close, Pitsea, all appeared at Chelmsford Crown Court this morning, after being charged with his murder.

A 13-year-old girl from Basildon, who was also arrested on suspicion of murder, has been released on police bail until December 16

The four defendants will appear in court for a plea and case management hearing on January 11.

The trial is expected to start on April 11.

Four charged with murder over fatal stabbing of Essex man

Darren Kelly, who was stabbed to death in Basildon on Tuesday.

Four people - including three teenagers - have been charged with the murder of a man in Essex.

Darren Kelly was stabbed to death outside a block of flats in Basildon on Tuesday October 20.

Chris Carroll, 20, of Pevensey Close, Pitsea, a 17-year-old boy from Pitsea, a 16-year-old boy from Basildon, and a 15-year-old girl from Pitsea, have all been charged with murder.

They remain in custody and are due to appear at Chelmsford Magistrates' Court on Saturday.

Mr Kelly, of Voysey Gardens, Basildon, died at hospital after being found with serious injuries in Caister Drive at about 9.30pm on Tuesday.

A 13-year-old girl from Basildon, who was also arrested on suspicion of murder, has been released on bail.


13-year-old girl arrested on suspicion of murder

Four teenagers and a man arrested after fatal stabbing in Basildon. Credit: Ben Kendall/PA

A 13-year-old girl has been arrested on suspicion of murder after a lorry driver was killed in Basildon.

Four other people including another teenage girl, aged 15, have also been arrested.

42-year-old Darren Kelly was stabbed on residential street Caister Drive in Basildon on Tuesday. He staggered to a block of flats, but died of his injuries.

The man was stabbed in Caister Drive, Basildon. Credit: Ben Kendall/PA

Detectives investigating say the attack came after the man confronted a group of youths.

All five arrested are in police custody.

Murder investigation launched after Basildon stabbing

A murder investigation has been launched after a man died following a stabbing in Essex.

A man in his 40s was found in Caister Drive in Basildon with serious injuries on Tuesday 20 October.

He later died in Basildon Hospital.

The victim, who lived in Basildon, is thought to have been stabbed during an altercation with a group of around five youths or young men.

Anyone with information should contact detectives at Essex Police on 101, send an email to

Seven arrests after shots are fired at police

Seven men have been arrested after shots were fired at unarmed police officers as they chased a suspect in Essex.

Police were called to reports of a number of men seen with firearms in the early hours of Sunday 18 October.

Officers attended and were led on a chase by a suspect before what is believed to be a firearms was discharged at them in the Arne Court area of Basildon.

Seven men have been arrested in Basildon following a firearms incident. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Three of those were arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and possessing a firearm and a further two suspects have been arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to commit robbery.

On Sunday night two further people were arrested at separate properties in Basildon on suspicion of conspiracy to commit robbery.

Police are appealing for information and have asked residents with CCTV cameras to come forward.

Suspected burglar calls police for help after getting trapped

A suspected burglar was forced to call 999 for help after becoming trapped in a petrol station's security device as it was triggered during the alleged break-in.

Essex police say the man was heard shouting for help after getting stuck at Eastgate at 4.30am on Saturday October 10th.

Witnesses spoke of how he was trapped by the security shutter system which left him impaled onto the ceiling.

A 43-year old man from Basildon has been charged with burglary with intent to steal.


Wickford pavilion to be restored to former glory

A pavilion at the heart of a popular park in Essex is set to be restored to its former glory after Basildon Council approved the contract for the work.

Artist's impression of the proposed new pavilion Credit: Basildon borough Council

The council’s cabinet granted the contract to refurbish the pavilion at Wickford Memorial Park, to construction company ISG.

The park, in Rettendon View, Wickford, is home to three football and three cricket clubs and has a strong community role.

The refurbishment aims to create a combined sports and recreational centre that can serve the wider Wickford community, as well as the existing clubs.

Basildon Council has secured £320,000 of grant funding from Veolia and has received £128,000 from Sport England.

Woman arrested in connection with Basildon murder investigation

A 32-year-old man was found with stab wounds near woodland in Sporhams, Basildon. Credit: ITV News Anglia

A woman has been arrested in connection with a murder investigation in Basildon in which a man was stabbed last month.

The 39-year-old from Laindon was arrested yesterday (September 22) on suspicion of assisting an offender. She has now been released on bail.

It's after a 32-year-old man was found with stab wounds near woodland in Sporhams, Basildon, on August 26.

Five men have been charged with murder and a 16-year-old boy has been charged with assisting an offender.

Murder investigation launched after man stabbed in Basildon

Man dies from stab wound

A murder investigation has been launched after man found stabbed in Basildon died.

The man, believed to be in his 20s, was found near woodland around Sporhams shortly after 10pm last night.

He had suffered a stab wound to his leg but died this afternoon. Five men and a 16-year-old boy have been arrested on suspicion of murder.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact Essex Police on 101. They can also email

Essex Police hunt gunman after woman shot in eye

Police in Basildon are investigating after a woman was shot in the eye with an air gun. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Police are hunting a gunman after a woman was shot in the eye with an air gun at a house in Basildon

Firearms officers were sent to the scene just after 8am on Wednesday 29 July after reports a woman had been injured inside a house in Chesham Drive.

The woman in her 50s was airlifted to St George's Hospital in London where she is undergoing surgery.

Police conducted an initial area search but did not make any arrests and said there was nothing to suggest anyone should be fearful that the man would strike again.

The weapon has been described as a small, square, boxy shaped handgun.

"This is a particularly unusual incident with no clear motive.

"It appears from the scene that the suspected jemmied open the front door and encountered the woman when she came out of her bathroom.

"After first punching the woman in the face and then shooting a pellet at her, he has then fled the house."

– Det Sgt Richard Burgess, Essex Police

Police are appealing for witness to come forward.

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